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Tue, Feb 14 - Tue, Jul 31
RUN #00171a
Ron Zakrin - Under The Milky Way
Ron Zakrin
Under The Milky Way
Part of Canned Goods   View Entire Series
Edition Size:   1
6 1/2 x 7 5/8 Mixed Media/Acrylic on Metal Paint Can
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Under The Milky Way was created in Autumn 2011
"The piece portrays Gabriel the Archangel as a pilot giving a light to Cortez the Conquistador. In a world where God is nowhere to be found, his messenger Gabriel has nothing to do; the lighting of a cigarette for a man such as Cortez highlights the fall from grace and uselessness of a divine entity. This was one of the very first paintcans that I painted all the way around, creating a narrative that evolves as the viewer rotates the piece. The spray coating at the final stage of producing the piece left a milky haze, which lent itself to the title of the work. I have been painting on paintcans for a long time, so I just picked this one up and started drawing. I had no preconceived idea here, I just put charcoal to can and forms appeared. What began as a standard portrayal of an ace pilot/angel soon evolved as I kept going round the can. The drawing was done in a minute or two, it came out of nowhere. That's when you know something good is cooking, when images appear as though they had been waiting to emerge from the hidden corners of the mind. Sometimes it's as though I'm guided by invisible hands, and this piece is one result of that experience" - Ron Zakrin

1xRun:What is unique about this piece?
Ron Zakrin: Everything.

1xRun: Why should people buy this piece/print?
Ron Zakrin: People should buy this because it's bad ass and a steal. Plus it is the first panoramic narrative on a paint can that I did.

1xRun: Describe the piece/print in one gut reaction word.
Ron Zakrin: revelation.

Each one of these cans are completely unique and are all 100% hand painted. Check out all the cans :
Under The Milky Way
Hermes
Subvert
Nikolai
Don't Fear The Reaper

Discuss This Run

Ron Zakrin – Hand Painted Paint Cans

Ron Zakrin has been an ever present creative force in Detroit since the mid nineties, when he emerged on to the underground electronic music set with paintings that provided a visual counterpart to the Detroit sound that was taking the world by storm. Since those early days Ron’s work has expanded in scope and scale; no longer strictly focused on man and his relationship with technology, Zakrin probes the veins of society, and explores the nature of man, love, and loss. Zakrin lives in Detroit Michigan, where he was born and works daily.

Ron Zakrin was actually one of the first 10 artists to be featured here on the wild world of 1xRun.com, his first Run was in fact #10, a 15.75 x 20 giclée “The Creeps”, and was only an edition of 28. For his latest Run, Ron has returned with a series of hand-painted mixed media paint cans that provide a swirling narrative as the viewer turns them. Each one is meticulously crafted and a true one of a kind, just the way we like it here on 1xRun.com! So please read on for the 1xRun Thru Interview with Ron and some of see his latest paint cans below or simply check them all at 1xRun.com

1xRun Thru Interview

Ron Zakrin – Multiple Hand Painted Cans

1xRun: Let’s talk about some of your techniques that you used on these different paint cans.

Ron Zakrin: For some I pulled all of the loose paper off of the can, but wanted to keep the remnants of paint drips as a reminder of the piece’s original purpose. After a good bath in alcohol to remove oil and ensure good paint adhesion, I applied  a couple of coats of primer, then began sketching with vine charcoal. I liked the rawness of the sketch, so I reinforced the lines with a carbon stick and kept them visible. I coated the drawing with a clear acrylic resin and painted over that with acrylic colors. I re-coated that with clear acrylic resin and applied some plastic stars while it was still wet. After it dried I spray coated the can with a matte spray varnish.  Others are painted with acrylic colors, embellished with other things like a paper doily, an old beer bottle label, old block prints of mine and other collage materials.

Under The Milky Way - Click for additional angles.

1xRun: So when did you first start making art?

Ron Zakrin: long ago.

1xRun: What was your first piece?

Ron Zakrin: My first real piece of art was when I took a hot knife to a transformer named Sunscream, and cut off his face. Then I cut the face off of a G.I. Joe doll named sabateur (sic) and glued the transformer face onto it’s head. It was perfect. I loved that doll. One day me and my nephew were skipping school and built a fort out of a refrigerator box behind an ABC Wharehouse, where we could see the idiots who actually went to school walking back home. So we were playing with our transformers and stuff and not looking out for peeps coming home from school. We were surprised by my (kind of) girlfriend and her sister and we tried to hide our dolls. My doll fell out of my coat and the girls laughed at us for still playing with dolls. My nephew picked up my masterpiece and threw it as far as he could, proclaiming: we don’t play with stupid dolls! I never found it. That was my first piece of art.

Don't Fear The Reaper - click for additional angles!

1xRun: What artists inspired you early on?

Ron Zakrin: Very early on I was inspired by Bob Ross, then later by Comic book artists like Marc Silvestri and Dan Green, Tex, Frank Miller. Then when I started to get into the local scene I was all about a Detroit painter named Robert Berry.

 

Tyree Guyton for sure, that man made everything else look small. (Editor’s note: If you haven’t seen Tyree Guyton’s works click the images below or head over to the Hiedelberg Project)

1xRun: What artists inspire you now?

Ron Zakrin: Too many to name.

Hermes - Click for more angles!

1xRun: Do you listen to music while you work? If so what? If not then what is your environment like when you work?

Ron Zakrin: I listen to a lot of chiptunes, I have like 45,000 jams on my phone thanks to the High Voltage Sid Collection, a database of all music made on the Commodore 64. I like krautrock, classic Detroit electro, proto techno, Roxy Music. Also I listen to a lot of public radio to satisfy my unquenchable thirst for information. *Click below for tunes from Ron’s musical alter ego Goudran and video of Ze Dark Park.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any living artist who would it be and why?

Ron Zakrin: I am always down to work with my friend Mark Heggie, because we go way back and get along. We had our first studio together back in the early mid 90’s and the energy was slamming. To get just a fraction of that energy would be reason enough.  Other than that, I’m a bit of a loner, and I became an artist because I don’t like compromise. I was going to school to become a commercial artist but once I realized that I would have make big compromises to please the client I was like, fuck that.

1xRun: If you could collaborate with any deceased artists who would it be and why?

Ron Zakrin: I would work with Basquiat, if I could go back to 1981. That era was EPIC! Painting in New York, punk is new, new wave is new, hip hop is new, painting is real again, yeah, I’d go back there if I had a time machine. Party and paint with Jean, punch Warhol in the face, challenge Julian Schnabel to a duel. Do a backspin and call it a day.

1xRun: What was the first piece of art that you bought? Do you still have it?

Ron Zakrin: A self portrait of my mentor, George Hriczick. It was actually a nuclear scan of his head, so it’s basically a picture of his skull. He died of cancer a few years after that scan was made, and I don’t like seeing it, so it’s in a box now. If it wasn’t for George, I might not be doing what I’m doing today.

1xRun: What was the last piece of art that you bought?

Ron Zakrin: I have done a few trades with other artists over the years.

1xRun: What else do you have currently in the works?

Ron Zakrin: I’m in the upcoming G40 exhibit in D.C. put on by Art Whino in April.  I am working on my next solo show at 323 East in May called Still Life with Drum Machine. The exhibit will showcase imagery inspired by and taken from my experiences and influences in the world of electronic music, dance culture, synthesizer worship and drum machine blow out.

1xRun: Where can people find you across the internette?

Ron Zakrin:  Website Facebook

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About the Artist

Location: Detroit, MI

"I was born at Hutzel Hospital in Detroit. As a kid I wanted to become either an artist, an astronaut, or a master of Kung Fu, roaming the world and using my swift fury to thwart the rising tide of evil. I became an artist as a young man and never looked back." - Ron Zakrin

Ron Zakrin has been an ever present creative force in Detroit since the mid nineties, when he emerged on to the underground electronic music set with paintings that provided a visual counterpart to the Detroit sound that was taking the world by storm. Since those early days Ron's work has expanded in scope and scale; no longer strictly focused on man and his relationship with technology, Zakrin probes the veins of society, and explores the nature of man, love, and loss. Zakrin lives in Detroit Michigan, where he was born and works daily.

In parallel to his visual art, Zakrin is also a recording artist under the name Goudron. First appearing on the on the legendary Detroit label Ersatz Audio in 2002 with the EP "Horses and Chariots", and an EP and LP in 2004, "Civil Symmetry" and "Raw Voltage", Zakrin moved to the equally influential Interdimensional Transmissions label after the Ersatz label closed shop. 2007 marked the beginning of this new partnership with the release of the EP "Stiletto", with more projects in the pipeline.

Zakrin puts his modified circuitry to work along with vintage analog synthesizers to produce a musical journey through the post apocalypse, gliding seamlessly from electropunk anthems at home both on the dancefloor and behind the wheel, to a more introspective and melodic reflection of life, love, and loss.

Having toured throughout North America and performing for enthusiastic crowds on both sides of the border, Goudron has a respectable following in the electronic music audience both in North America and Europe.

Find out more @ http://www.ronzakrin.com